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Grapeland Heights Park Phases 1, 2 & 3

This 13-acre active park located just south of Miami International Airport was transformed in three phases.

Phase I included a baseball complex with a hub of four lighted Bermuda-turf baseball fields for little and senior league baseball play and tournaments. In the center of the complex is a two-story sports building that includes a first floor concession area, restrooms and storage facilities. The second floor provides meeting rooms for administration, youth organizations, officials and scorekeepers.

Phase II was the water park. The water park structures and grounds are themed with exciting and colorful artwork by world famous cubism artist Romero Britto. At the entrance, visitors are greeted by Tina –– a 15-foot playful pirate girl statue. After passing through a “historic local vernacular” with a residential-themed administration building, swimmers of all ages have a variety of aquatic facilities to enjoy, such as: large water play structure and pool for children and adults; water play structure and pool for tots; numerous themed water spray toys; lazy river that meanders throughout the grounds dumping water on rafters; resort/beach type Myrtha pool with zero depth entry for recreational swimmers; concession/restroom building; ample deck areas with lounge chairs and shade structures; tropical landscaping and lighting for night use.

The final phase, Phase III, included a 5,600-sq.-ft. Community Center. The center’s architectural design replicates the area’s historic local vernacular with a residential theme similar to other structures throughout the park. Rooms and facilities are provided for administrative purposes and a variety of recreational activities and community functions. Adjacent to the center is a large, creative, colorful children’s playground with rubber safety surfacing and a sun protection shade cover.

Key Features

  • Community Center 5,600 sf
  • Ticket Entrance Building
  • Concession Restroom Buildings
  • Baseball Complex
  • Aquatic Facility

Project Details


City of Miami


Miami, FL




2009 Athletic Business Magazine, Featured in the Architectural Showcase 97 State-of-the-Art Facilities